Left and Leaving
By Jo Verity
The fifth novel from Richard and Judy Award winner Jo Verity, author of Sweets from Morocco a "pitch perfect evocation of childhood and sibling relationships"
Photographer Gil is on an extended grey gap-year, working in the London hospital to which Vivian brings Irene for emergency treatment; together they try to establish calm amid the chaos. Irene is thrilled with her 'guardian angels', they less so with her ongoing interest in their lives.
Gil has a girlfriend, living in the same building as him, and a troublesome family back home. Thirty-something Vivian has a high- flying boyfriend, an irascible father and a demanding job. But they keep finding reasons to spend time together in the run up to Christmas. And still there is Irene, intent on filling the holes in her life...
Marooned in Tooting by a sudden snowstorm, Vivian and Gil are forced to spend the holiday confronting secrets and responsibilities they've been complacent about for too long.
Wales Book of the Month January 2014
"The writing is gorgeous, the characters engaging and real, and their complicated lives make for an excellent, almost escapist read, allowing the reader to forget, for a time, their own troubles and stresses."
“Left and Leaving” is Jo Verity’s fifth novel and to my mind it’s her best yet. It is beautifully written in an almost conversational style which feels entirely appropriate to the story. I normally prefer sparser prose, yet this seemed to have a natural rhythm and flow, with perceptive observations of how people react to life events."
"Poignant. Enthralling. Well written. I'd say Jo Verity is my new, favourite author. I'm looking forward to reading her previous books, particularly Sweets From Morocco."
"I've read a few Jo Verity novels and really enjoyed this one. A good sign is that I didn't want to stop reading each night and wanted to gobble it up. Plenty of interesting characters, and not cliched happy endings although with some hope there. A good read."
"her best yet. It is beautifully written... both rewarding and inspiring and I would recommend it unreservedly."
"Verity does have a wonderful knack of representing the nitty gritty reality of our modern day world"
Categories: Fiction, Novels
First Published by Honno: 16th January 2014